Tooro Kingdom is seeking Shs1.2 billion for the king’s 27th coronation anniversary to be held on September 12th this year.
According to the minister for culture and clan mobilization, who is also the chairman of the organizing committee of the 27th coronation anniversary, Owek Peter Sunday Rusoke, the preparations are in high gear.
Owek Rusoke says this year’s Empango celebrations will be organized by all the clans that form the Tooro Kingdom. As a way of resource mobilization, each of the 9 counties of Kitagwenda, Fort Portal, Ntoroko, Kyaka, Bunyangabu , Burahya ,Mwenge North and South that make up the Tooro Kingdom have been urged to collect Shs30 million each, while all clans will each collect Shs2 million and all Kingdom ministers will raise at least 200,000 each.
According to Owek Rusoke, Tooro Kingdom will also hold grand celebrations this year to commemorate the Kingdom’s 200th anniversary of independence from Bunyoro Kitara in 1822.A number of activities like bicycle racing in all kingdom counties are under way, whereas a committee to write Tooro kingdom history books to be supplied in all schools has been instituted.
Rusoke also said the Kingdom will be setting up a commemoration building in Fort Portal City worth Shs5 billion.
Tooro Kingdom celebrates 12th September every year in commemoration of King Oyo Rukiidi’s coronation day, when he succeeded King David Patrick Olimi Kaboyo at the age of only 3 years old in 1995, making him the youngest monarch in the world.